Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. American Library Association. 2006.)
"Information literacy is a survival skill in the Information Age. Instead of drowning in the abundance of information that floods their lives, information literate people know how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve a particular problem or make a decision---whether the information they select comes from a computer, a book, a government agency, a film, or any number of other possible resources." (ACRL's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report, 1989.)
Library patrons today must have both research skills and technical skills in order to access many of the library's electronic books and journals. The American Library Association further defines these information literacy skills as:
- Tool literacy: The ability to use print and electronic resources including software and online resources.
- Resource literacy: The ability to understand the form, format, location and methods for accessing information resources.
- Social-structural literacy: Knowledge of how information is socially situated and produced. This includes understanding the scholarly publishing process.
- Research literacy: The ability to understand and use information technology tools to carry out research, including the use of discipline-related software and online resources.
- Publishing literacy: The ability to produce a text or multimedia report of research results.
(Source: Information Literacy for Faculty and Administrators. American Library Assocation. 2011.)
Schedule a session
When scheduling your session, it is most helpful to have an assignment or specific coursework in mind that will utilize library resources. This will allow the librarian to prepare a more customized and effective presentation for your class. If you do not know how library resources might aid your class in their work, or want to learn more about what the library has to offer your students, please contact a librarian.
Please be aware that course instructors are asked to attend any information literacy sessions with their classes and should come prepared to assist the librarian, if necessary. Several presentations have hands-on components that require the assistance of the instructor.
If time is available at the end of the information literacy session, instructors may use the library classroom to return papers, discuss future assignments, meet with individual students, etc.
No information literacy sessions will be scheduled on the last day of class immediately preceding a holiday break, nor on the first day back after a break. The library traditionally regards the last week of classes and the final exams period as quiet study periods for students, so no information literacy sessions will be scheduled during these periods, either.
If you have an assignment or specific subject in mind for library instruction, please contact Information Literacy Librarian Yan He at extension 9249 (on campus) or (765) 455-9249 (off campus). Yan will ask that you supply her with either a copy of the class assignment or the course syllabus to help her put together a presentation that will be most effective for your class.
If you need help updating an existing assignment or creating an assignment that will be adequately supported by library resources, please contact Yan He for assistance.
For guidance in planning, designing, and assessing library assignments, please see our Planning a Library Assignment page.
The Library is available for public use and welcomes the use of its facilities by outside groups. Please see our Procedures for Visiting School Groups page for additional details on scheduling a visit.
For resources that relate to information literacy, assessment, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, please see our Resources for Faculty and Teaching Librarians page.
The Library offers access to a number of useful video and interactive tutorials. Please see our Tutorials page for a complete listing.
Last Updated: 5 January 2015